Students at commencement moving the tassels on their caps

Caps and Gowns

Undergraduate students will wear red caps and gowns.


You can order your cap, gown and tassel at any time via The Campus Store website.
Diploma covers do not need to be purchased and will be provided.

Please note: All prices are subject to change. Cap, gown and tassel are required for participation. 

International Stoles

Student wearing a stole featuring several international flags

Students are encouraged to celebrate their study abroad, international student experience, or cultural heritage by wearing an international stole. For more information on how to purchase a stole, email the International Programs Office

The Campus Store Hours

Monday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Phone: 607-753-4621
SUNY Cortland Campus Store

Please note: Commencement is a formal ceremony, so dress accordingly. The general rule is lightweight, non-restricting clothing. Business professional or formal attire is recommended, which may include a dress or skirt, dress slacks, a button-down shirt, suit or a tie


Tassels should be worn on the left side throughout the ceremony.

Students who qualify for an honors distinction based on their grade point averages recorded as of Feb. 1, 2024, will receive an honors tassel, which will be available for pick up from the Special Events team on select dates in April and May 2024 and at Commencement.  Additional details will be sent directly to those who qualify.

Honors Distinctions and Tassel Colors

Cum Laude 3.2 to 3.499 White Tassel
Magna Cum Laude 3.5 to 3.749 Red and White Tassel
Summa Cum Laude 3.75 and above Red Tassel

Students not qualifying for honors distinction will wear a black tassel. However, if the student’s grade point average at the end of the academic year meets the honors criteria as noted above, the honors distinction will be recorded and displayed on the official transcript and diploma.

Various departments also have individual honors programs. The departments may distribute cords or tassels to wear during the Commencement ceremony as well. Students should inquire with department chairs or advisors to verify if there is a specific honors distinction for a major/program.


Campus Event Management Office
Todd Malone
Tracey DelVecchio
Alyssa Wakula
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